San Francisco’s night of opulence 2009, the opera’s opening gala on September 11, began with cocktails followed by Verdi’s Il Trovatore, dinner and dancing at City Hall. The opening marked the start of a new era for San Francisco Opera with the introduction of Nicola Luisotti as its new music director.
San Francisco Opera Guild celebrated its 70th year; the Opera Ball chaired by Teresa Medearis and Adrianna Pope Sullivan. BRAVO! Club, San Francisco Opera’s group of young professionals dedicated to building a new audience for the opera, also hosted an event at City Hall, chaired by Marie Carr and Alexandra Siliezar. City Hall was decorated in Spanish splendor by Stanlee Gatti. Bill Hopkins Rock’n Orchestra kept the party going under the rotunda until well after midnight.
Troy Griepp and Angelique Griepp (in Oscar de la Renta)
Former Secretary of State George Shultz and Charlotte Maillard Shultz
Elizabeth Touw in a gown by Jay Ahr
Tad Taube and Dianne Taube
Dede Wilsey in Oscar de la Renta
Amber Marie Bently
Kirsten Strobel and Katarina Barilov, both in gowns by Neil Bieff
Opera Ball Co-Chairs Adrianna Pope Sullivan and Teresa Medearis
Kim Miller (in Vera Wang) and Michael Polenske
Michael Paim and Diana Westnedge
BRAVO! Gala Co-Chair Marie Carr in Marchesa (photo by Tim Williamson)
BRAVO! Gala Co-Chair Alexandra Siliezar in Angel Sanchez (photo by Tim Williamson)
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
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